A composite restoration is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks and small fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite restoration.
There are many types of composite restorative materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dr Mark Peddey can advise you on the best option for restoring your teeth. They come in a range of tooth colours so can be closely matched to the colour of your existing teeth. These restorations are especially well suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of your mouth.
Composite restorations can be incorporated to upgrade your existing amalgam restorations. Like all dental restorations though composite restorations are not permanent and they too may someday have to be replaced. That said, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
After preparing the tooth, Dr Peddey will place layers of the composite filling into the area to be repaired. Each layer of composite filling is hardened by exposure to a special light. Once the cavity or defect is filled Dr Peddey will trim the composite to fit your tooth and then polish it to reduce discolouration or staining.
Reasons for Composite Restorations
- Chipped teeth
- To close spaces between two teeth
- Treatment of cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
Advantages of Composite Restorations
- Composite restorations are more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings
- Teeth filled with new composite material are strong as the composite bonds to the surrounding tooth. Old, failing amalgam restorations can weaken teeth.
- Composite restorations can be fitted into very small holes, treating disease or trauma in the earliest stages. Sometimes no drilling may be required.
- These types of restorations help insulate the tooth from major temperature changes
Disadvantages of Composite Restorations
- If used in larger cavities, composite restorations can wear out sooner than amalgam fillings. However this is not necessarily the case with smaller restorations.
- A tooth filled with composite material may be sensitive for a time after the procedure
- Some foods and drinks can stain composite fillings
Dr Peddey will give you care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will contribute to the life of your new composite restorations.